Friday, October 28, 2016

Dear Readers - An Apology

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Received on Friday, October 28th, 2016

Dear Readers,

I'm sorry for not keeping the blog alive this past month. Will you forgive me?

Monday, October 24, 2016

September 2016 Reflection

It's time for me to do our monthly reflection and I really don't feel like doing it because I am not proud of what I did this past September for our blog and bookstagram. Certain things (which I'll get to in a bit) are doing well, but I just don't feel like I am doing anything. (Explanations will come shortly.)

If you are new to our monthly reflections, let me catch you up. In these little reflections, I look back at how the month was for our Instagram and blog, by looking at statistics along with my own thoughts and opinions. I also look ahead and write about what will hopefully happen in the next month, in this case October.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Easy Sticky Note Bookmark

Something I think that us bookworms or really anyone who is reading a book is that sometimes we aren’t really prepared to read a book. Not in the sense that we don’t know some words or the subject/events of the book are not what was expected. What I’m talking about is bookmarks. We never can really seem to find them when needed, or we don’t want to use that special bookmark we made or bought for $20. Whether it’s because you decided to start reading a book you found at a library/bookstore that you didn’t intend to get, or because you lost your bookmark or some other reason, we all face that big imposing question: Should I try to remember the page number, or should I dog-ear the book?

If you’re someone who deeply cares for all books - your own and others’ - then the last option isn’t really an option at all.

So here is a solution that might come in handy at school. Do you have a regular-sized square sticky note? Have a few seconds? Well, this little trick might save your book’s (and possibly your own) life.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: When Marnie Was There

Title: When Marnie Was There
Author: Joan G. Robinson
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

Anna is using her "ordinary face" more and more often, and is told by her teachers at school that she is not-even-trying. She doesn't have any friends, and is on the outside of an imaginary social circle. Her foster parents, worried about her, send her away to the Peggs, some family friends, to get better. There, she is free to wander about the land around her, and starts to feel a strange connection with the old marsh house that seems to be empty. Or is it?

Soon she meets Marnie, who lives at the house, and the two become friends, bonding and sharing their secrets. But soon Marnie vanishes and a new family is at the house, and Anna begins to question what's real and what's not.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Movie Adaptations: The Light Between Oceans

On September 2nd, The Light Between Oceans started to be shown in movie theaters. I saw it the same day, a handful of months after reading and falling in love with the novel by M. L. Steadman in which the movie was based on.

I think that the movie was a very good adaptation of the book. Sure, there were a few things that were changed, but I feel like not too much was lost in the movie.

Some things that were changed I didn't mind all that much (such as cutting down on the time that was spent with Tom in jail and the whole confusing grieving period of time for Isabel, Hannah, and Lucy Grace), but other things, while they may seem small and not that important at all, were important to me. For instance, in the movie, there was only two crosses for two babies, not three. I think that having three makes it more understandable for Isabel to be so upset that she decides to keep a random baby that washed up on the shore.

I was also upset with the smaller roles of Ralph and Bluey in the movie. In the book, they have more of an importance. Sure, Bluey is still the one that realizes the whole thing with the baby rattle, but what about the talk Tom had with Ralph about doing bad things and fixing them? I feel like that played a large part in his guilt, which of course led to the rattle and all of that craziness.

There's also a few parts that were shortened or not included most likely for time purposes, but I wish that those changes did not have to be made. The part towards the beginning of the book where Tom first met Isabel when she was feeding the birds (a part which I think shows who they are well) was cut out, although you can see her feeding the birds for a second or two. Their whole story of how they grew to become close was even more rushed than in the book, which just made it seem ridiculous at that point. Tom's backstory was pretty much completely wiped out, as well as the whole thing with his dad and being a father (which I loved). Oh, and there's also all of those great times with Lucy that were made into a little bit with scenes tied together with music. (Which, I must admit, was a good way of showing it.)

Still, I really did enjoy the movie. At some parts I felt like I was reading the book, they were so similar! Nothing seemed too new and I think that it was one of the best movie adaptations I've ever seen, in terms of representing the book. However, I think it really only showed one side of the book, but I would need to see the movie again to be sure.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review: The Goldfinch

Title: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

It took me a while before finally picking up the book. It took me another shorter but still long while before actually finishing it. I was hesitating at first because of it's great size and the length of the writing (some paragraphs or sentences can stretch for quite some time). When I finally had started the book, it took me a while because I had first slowed down during parts in which the main character and narrator, Theo Decker, was feeling low in spirit due to the death of his mother. At times the long descriptions and sections describing his sadness were a bit too much. The other reason why it took me some time to finish the book (about a month) was because it was so long, my paperback copy of it being a whopping 962 pages long. So I guess what you can conclude is that you need a sort of tolerance and patience to be able to get through this book.

But if you are able to push through it, I believe that you would find that you very much enjoyed it.

Friday, September 2, 2016

August 2016 Reflection

Since the last day of August was this past Wednesday, that means that we are due for a monthly reflection! If you already know the drill, you can skip the following paragraph and move on, but if you don't know it or want a refresher, then go on a head.

In these monthly reflections, I look back on the month for our blog, Reading is Inevitable, and our bookstagram (book + Instagram), @readingisinevitable. I also review the goals I had made the previous month. Then I write about what this month will be like for the blog and Instagram, as well as some goals for the upcoming month. The reason why I do these monthly reflections is so that I can see our growth and progress, and see what's working and what's not working. In these reflections, I make changes according to this. You, as a reader, can also see our growth, and get a sneak peek at what is to come.

With that, I hope you enjoy this monthly reflection. I believe that August was a very good month for Reading is Inevitable. (Yay!)